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All applicants must take and pass all three sections of the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B). The MIT program office has a limited number of WEST-B fee vouchers available for applicants who demonstrate financial need. Please contact the program office for more information.
All applicants must take and pass the WEST-E test in their endorsement area prior to beginning the program. The only exceptions are those students applying for a French, Spanish, or Japanese endorsement. All students seeking a foreign language endorsement must take the Designated World Language (DWL) WEST-E and the written and oral sections of the ACTFL in their designated language. This testing policy and schedule for these these tests is as follows:
MIT SPED students must take the WEST-E in their general education endorsement area prior to the start of the program. However, the special education WEST-E will be taken upon completion of the MIT SPED program.
Students seeking an endorsement in ELL may take the ELL WEST-E after starting the program, but must complete the test prior to graduation.
It is recommended that students seeking an elementary endorsement with a desire to teach middle school take the appropriate middle level WEST-E in addition to the elementary WEST-E. Those students wishing to teach middle school humanities take both the Middle School Language Arts and the Middle School Social Studies tests. Those wishing to teach mathematics or science should take the corresponding Middle School WEST-E.
Out-of-state applicants may submit Praxis I or CBEST scores in lieu of the WEST-B. Washington State will not allow any substitutions for the WEST-E. The WEST-E will be offered once a year (in April) in five cities around the country. See here for more information. In addition to paper-based testing, there is also computer-based testing available now here. In order to best accommodate the needs of out-of-state applicants, the MIT program has adopted the following policy:
For application purposes, out-of-state applicants may submit the Praxis-II. If applicants accept admission to the program, they must take the appropriate WEST-E test during the first quarter of the program. There are a limited number of WEST-E test fee waivers that will be provided to students in this situation (subject to availability).
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